Why Does The Truth Frighten You So?


There is an old Chinese proverb, sometimes attributed to Lao Tzu, which states, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Much can be read into that single sentence if one but thinks about it. For instance, if you have a goal of losing some weight, you aren’t going to shed a single pound unless you either alter your eating habits, or begin an exercise regime.

The same sentiment can also apply to those who seek knowledge; you aren’t going to learn a damned thing unless you crack open a book. However, there is a difference between seeking knowledge and losing weight. If you cut back on your calories, or begin exercising to burn off calories you will lose some weight. But if you crack open a book and begin reading; the things you read will be of little use if your mind is not open to the information that book might contain.

Leo Tolstoy, the author of such books as War and Peace and Anna Karenina, once said, “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking.”

I have been thinking a lot lately about the fact that I just can’t seem to get people to accept the things I write about. For awhile I was berating myself for my failing to find the right words, the right way to format my ideas, as the reason why I have been unsuccessful in getting people to understand the things I say. I have finally come to the conclusion that it is not my fault that people do not understand, or accept, the things I say; it is the fault of our educators who have failed to teach children the skill of critical thinking.

Kids today are not taught to question the status quo, they are force fed facts and figures, but not taught how to analyze all sides of an issue and come to their own conclusions. I liken it to teaching a child the alphabet, but not teaching them how to form words out of the letters they have learned. What good is information if a person is unable to accept it if it runs contrary to the things they have been taught?

This Cognitive Dissonance; the stress created when one encounters information that conflicts with established beliefs, is what keeps many from accepting truths just because they do not know how to handle facts that prove their established beliefs are wrong. As people are not capable of processing this information, they retreat to the security of their established beliefs; often resorting to name calling of the person who introduces them to facts which contradict what they have been taught.

When a child is born their mind is basically akin to a brand new computer; with nothing but the basic operating system in it. Their brain knows only the basics of how to keep the body alive; everything else must be taught. As a child grows it learns to crawl, then walk, then run; everything is a progression. The same can be said about learning. You don’t teach a child to read before you teach them the letters that make up the words. You don’t teach children algebra until you’ve taught them the basic numbering system.

When we send our kids off to school we place our trust in the education system to not only provide our children with the information that will help them later in life, but also the critical skill of thinking. Our schools have failed us in that; no matter what George Bush said about No Child Left Behind. The facts they are being spoon fed often run contrary to the truth, and they are not taught to question, to seek out all the facts and come to their own conclusions; they are programmed, indoctrinated…brainwashed.

Listen, I too was a product of the public fool system, as I have taken to calling it. I was taught the same curriculum as was every other kid who walked the stage to get their diploma in 1976. To this day I still cannot identify what it is about me that allowed me to break free from the lies and half truths I was taught and seek out the full truth on my own. But if I can do it, so can anyone else; all it takes is that willingness to take that first step, and the willingness to go where the facts lead them.

There is a T-shirt I often wear that shows a picture of Fox Mulder from the TV show the X-Files, with the caption Trust No One. If you choose to begin this journey I would suggest you take that as your personal motto; trust no one…even me. I have never expected that people take me at my word for the things I write. I have always hoped that people would seek to verify the things I say on their own. On the flip side, I have always hoped that people had the integrity to accept the things I say as truth once they verify the validity of them.

I have been let down in both instances. Oh, people read the things I write, but they don’t go out and research to see if I am feeding them a line of crap, or writing the gospel truth. Worse, they do not change their belief systems based upon this new information. I liken that to having a child memorize the dictionary, but then never pick up a book to see what’s inside. What good is knowledge if it is not applied towards anything?

Your mind is a vast storeroom for information, but if you fill it only with trivial information then what good is all that computing power your brain is capable of? How is it that people can memorize the lyrics of hundreds of pop songs, or data on the history of their favorite sporting team, but not know the first thing about their system of government or the founding of their country?

In 1788 Noah Webster wrote the following, “But every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country; he should lisp the praise of liberty, and of those illustrious heroes and statesmen, who have wrought a revolution in her favor.

A selection of essays, respecting the settlement and geography of America; the history of the late revolution and of the most remarkable characters and events that distinguished it, and a compendium of the principles of the federal and provincial governments, should be the principal school book in the United States. These are interesting objects to every man; they call home the minds of youth and fix them upon the interests of their own country, and they assist in forming attachments to it, as well as in enlarging the understanding.” (My emphasis)

How can an adult be expected to make informed decisions at the voting booth if they do not know the first thing about how their system of government was designed to function and the true purpose for which it was created? They can’t is the simple answer; and if you ask me that was the intent all along.

If we are taught lies from the moment we step foot into school up until we graduate, then we go out into the world with belief systems that run contrary to those held by the men who established our system of government in the first place. Yet when someone attempts to show people that their belief systems are based upon lies they get all defensive and start calling the bearer of the truth all kinds of names. Is that living up to Tolstoy’s words about free thinkers?

How can one accept the fact that our government has been infiltrated and corrupted by a small group of individuals when they are unable to accept that the things their government does are not authorized by the very document which brought government into existence?

Yet time and time again these Americans go to the polls to repeat the process of choosing who will sit in the seats of power; never knowing what power they are supposed to hold and when they are overstepping the limits placed upon it. Not only that, they then go about making these ludicrous statements about supporting those who enforce the unconstitutional laws upon the subjects of this country.

That’s right, I said subjects; as we have not been free for a very long time. In the movie the Adjustment Bureau there is a scene when Thompson, played by Terrence Stamp tells Matt Damon’s character David Norris that he does not have freewill; that he is free to choose which toothpaste to use, or which beverage to drink at lunch, but that he does not have the freedom to make the big choices.

That is so close to the truth that it is frightening.

The people of this country think they are free because they can choose what to eat for supper, which make and model of car to drive, what to watch on TV, where to buy their clothes, etc. etc. But when it comes to the important things, the liberty our Founders fought so hard to secure for us, our freedom has all but vanished. The do not realize the web of rules and regulations that covers our lives and makes us subjects to those who govern.

In his book Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville wrote something that is longer than the typical quote I provide, but something well worth reading. He states, “Above this race of men stands an immense and tutelary power, which takes upon itself alone to secure their gratifications and to watch over their fate. That power is absolute, minute, regular, provident, and mild. It would be like the authority of a parent if, like that authority, its object was to prepare men for manhood; but it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood: it is well content that the people should rejoice, provided they think of nothing but rejoicing. For their happiness such a government willingly labors, but it chooses to be the sole agent and the only arbiter of that happiness; it provides for their security, foresees and supplies their necessities, facilitates their pleasures, manages their principal concerns, directs their industry, regulates the descent of property, and subdivides their inheritances: what remains, but to spare them all the care of thinking and all the trouble of living?

Thus it every day renders the exercise of the free agency of man less useful and less frequent; it circumscribes the will within a narrower range and gradually robs a man of all the uses of himself. The principle of equality has prepared men for these things; it has predisposed men to endure them and often to look on them as benefits.

After having thus successively taken each member of the community in its powerful grasp and fashioned him at will, the supreme power then extends its arm over the whole community. It covers the surface of society with a network of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

Such is the power and control over our lives which is wielded by our government; who are merely proxies working on behalf of those who truly run things in this country.

There is sufficient evidence, if only people would open their minds to the possibility that I am telling the truth, to prove that our government is nothing but a puppet which regulates and controls the populace on behalf of a small group of powerful men whose goal is the eradication of national sovereignty and the corresponding loss of liberty for all the people of this country.

Those who have seen behind the curtain have tried to warn us of this insidious force that works to destroy what our Founders established. Former presidents and others who have served in government have spoken out against this group of men; but for the most part their warnings have been brushed off as conspiracy theories because the average person is simply not capable of wrapping their head around such ideas.

Yet William Blum, former State Department employee once warned us, “No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine.” How are people supposed to accept such ideas when they don’t even know the basic structure and purposes for which their government was established?

Yet the truth is out there, simply waiting for people to embrace it. I can point people in the right direction, give them the basic outline of what has happened in this country, but I can’t think for them. I seek not to be a leader of any movement, or opposition force to fight our government; I only seek to pull back the veil and expose the lies you have been taught. The rest is up to you.

As Morpheus tells Neo when they first meet, “After this there is no turning back. You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

It’s your choice, you must choose to take that first step. You can choose to remain a slave without even knowing you are a slave, or you can choose to open your eyes and seek out the truth. Just be forewarned, if you do choose to seek out the truth you can never unlearn what you have learned. You will make enemies of friends because you too will pose a threat to the cocoon which protects them from the truth.

But, you will have the consolation of knowing that you are on the path to the truth; and that is the only thing that keeps me going sometimes.

About Br'er Rabbit

I'm just one person out of millions of others. The only thing different about me is that I don't walk around with my head up my ass.
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